Safeguarding Assistant to the Prior Administrator, Stratton-on-the-Fosse

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Downside SchoolStratton-on-the-Fosse

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Contract type: Part Time
Salary: £30,000 pro-rata per annum
Contract term: Permanent

Downside Abbey is a Roman Catholic monastery and is home to a community of Benedictine monks.  It is the senior Benedictine monastery of the English Benedictine Congregation.  Originally founded in Douai, in 1606, the community of St Gregory the Great settled at Downside in 1814.  Downside Abbey Church, one of only three Minor Basilicas in England, has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade 1 listed building.  

This newly created role of Safeguarding Assistant is fundamental to our on-going commitment towards safeguarding of children, young people and adults within our organisation and the wider community we serve.  

Working closely with the Clifton Diocese safeguarding team and our colleagues within Downside School, you will be proactive in building on the good working relationships we have, ensuring a robust and responsive attitude to safeguarding. Applicants should hold a relevant professional qualification and/or demonstrate significant experience of working in a safeguarding environment.  An empathy with the Catholic Benedictine ethos of the organisation is also highly desirable.  As well as requiring discretion, sensitivity and strict confidentiality this role requires the ability to build rapport, gain trust and have good observation and judgement.  

Above all, a strong personal commitment to safeguarding is essential.  

Contractual Details 

Salary: £30,000 pro-rata per annum 

Hours: 14 hours a week Probation:

3 months Contract: Permanent   

How to Apply  

Please complete your application through our applicant tracking system, which can be found on our ‘Working with Us’ page: or following the Apply button below.  Please contact the Human Resources email address ( if you require further information after reading the job description. 

Closing date for applications: Midday, Wednesday 12th December 2018  

Downside is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and the DBS. We are an equal opportunities employer.

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More about Downside School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Roman Catholic
Address: Stratton On The Fosse, Radstock, Bath, Somerset, BA3 4RJ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1761 235100
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